Each year, PDA leadership gathers at a retreat to assess our progress and chart the course for the work ahead. This year's retreat will be held this weekend in New Mexico. Among those we are welcoming to the retreat are leaders from YPDA, Young Progressives Demanding Action, who are organized on college campuses throughout the United States with the support of PDA. For those young people to be able to attend, we committed to helping fund their travel to and from New Mexico.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is a partner in the Don't Frack Maryland coalition. Join us in supporting the Maryland Fracking Ban legislation currently under consideration in Annapolis. Also, make plans now to join us in Annapolis on March 2nd for a Ban Fracking rally.
I know I can count on you to act now to protect our air, water, and families by supporting a fracking ban in Maryland. We also need you to urge your state senators to oppose any legislation that falls short of a permanent fracking ban. Please click here to urge your state legislators to vote YES on SB 740/HB 1325, and to tell your state senator to vote NO on SB 862.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) calls on you to support our Advisory Board Member Rep. Keith Ellison for Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair. We helped organize for Keith at DNC events in Phoenix, Houston, Detroit, and in Baltimore. We will have PDAers helping in Atlanta this weekend when the new leadership will be elected. While we respect other candidates for Chair, we know Keith Ellison brings the ability to unite people, the experience, and the commitment to grassroots organizing we need.
I recorded a video of Keith speaking in Baltimore. (I apologize for the shaky cinematography!) Please click here to watch Keith, and then donate generously to help defray PDA's organizing costs. Money tight? Then connect with Mike Fox to help us push the Democratic Party toward its progressive grassroots.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is doing our best to celebrate Presidents' Day. It's difficult when the current bearer of that title offers us nothing to celebrate and so much to bemoan, and when we had hoped for and worked so hard to elect President Bernie Sanders. So we focus on considering past presidents who may deserve our accolades.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and Food and Water Watch (FWW) are partnering to "bird dog" members of Congress this week while they're home for the Presidents' Day recess. We'll demand that they stand up against the Trump regime's pro-pollution agenda, and support Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.
We need you take advantage of opportunities to engage or confront your senators and representative at public forums and events, online / conference call town halls, etc. Plan to make a maximum impact at face-to-face events. Arrange to take pictures, and use your smart phone to video record, and if possible, livestream your actions to social media! Please contact Mike Fox to get support and to report on your activities. Support our actions at congressional offices near you!
Progress doesn't just happen. It takes hard work, dedication, organization, and planning. As the recent elections and aftermath have shown, hard-won gains can be lost in a day. Despite dark times, this isn't the time to retreat. Thanks to you, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) achieved a lot of progress in 2016, and we're already off to a great start in 2017. With your help, we will make even more progress as we build toward 2018 and the most momentous midterm elections in our lifetimes.